04/27/2013 9:48 PM ET
Padres enjoying superlative defensive play
By Tim Powers / Special to MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- One positive aspect of the Padres' play over the past few weeks has been the solid defensive work from essentially the entire roster, as the club had not committed an error in its last 11 games entering Saturday.
That streak, which tied the club record for consecutive error-free games, ended in Saturday night's contest against San Francisco when Carlos Quentin misplayed Pablo Sandoval's third-inning double, allowing Angel Pagan to score. Defensive play has been an emphasis since Spring Training, according to manager Bud Black.
"We have talked a lot about our defense and what that means to our pitching and what that means to a game that has to be played the right way," Black said. "The last two weeks have been real good, especially [Everth] Cabrera and the middle part of the diamond. I think it starts with the guys in the middle who get a lot of chances. The infielders have been making the plays they should make and making what I think you would call above-average plays."
The errorless streak was the Padres' longest since going 11 games without an error from Aug. 17-28, 2010. The club has never had a streak of 12 error-free games.
Cashner racks up special trifecta in victory
SAN DIEGO -- When Andrew Cashner contributed to his own cause Friday night with a single, stolen base and run scored to go along with his first Major League victory as a starting pitcher, he accomplished a rare feat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cashner is the first pitcher to collect all three in his first big league win as a starter since 1969 when Bart Johnson did it in his Major League debut for the Chicago White Sox.
Cashner did surprise manager Bud Black when he swiped second base in the third inning Friday, although Black also noted that Cashner has above-average speed, especially for a pitcher.
"He's an aggressive baserunner," Black said. "He's got some speed. I looked up and saw him running and said, 'Oh no.' Then I saw him slide and said, 'Oh no' a little bit louder. But, he came out of it OK."
Cashner also joins a rare group of Padres pitchers who have collected a run, hit and stolen base in a game, becoming the fifth to do so. Greg Maddux (2007), Adam Eaton (twice, 2000 and 2004) and Doug Brocail (1993) have also accomplished the feat for the franchise.
Xolos, Club America to play match at Petco Park
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced Saturday that Petco Park will host an exhibition soccer match featuring the Xolos de Tijuana on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The non-league match will pit the Xolos against Club America in the 2013 San Diego Clasico.
Several Padres players along with broadcaster Eduardo Ortega were on hand to make the announcement near home plate prior to Saturday's contest against San Francisco. Xolos players, including San Diego native Joe Corona, were also present as first baseman Yonder Alonso and Corona exchanged jerseys as a symbol of the partnership between the Padres and Xolos.
Corona, who attended Sweetwater High and San Diego State University, said he was excited not only to play in his hometown, but also about the partnership between the two clubs.
"To get to play in my hometown in front of my family and a lot of supporters and where I grew up is very special thing," Corona said. "Not only for us, but for the Xolos and the partnership that we have with the Padres. It will be a pleasure to play at Petco Park."
The match itself will not count in the standings for either club, but Corona made it clear that the competition will be high between the two rivals.
"It's going to be an exciting game," Corona said. "A lot of people know the rivalry we have with Club America. We won't be playing friendly; we're going to play hard."
This will be the third soccer event hosted by Petco Park since it opened in 2004. The ballpark also featured an international friendly between Mexico and Sweden in 2005 and an exhibition between Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara in 2010.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.